Stephen Curry is back with the Golden State Warriors to continue his rehab, and his additional presence can bring value to the team in multiple ways.
Upon hearing that Stephen Curry is back with the Golden State Warriors to continue his rehab, my mind naturally jumps a few further steps ahead and thinks about what his additional presence can bring to the Warriors organization even if he is still not yet fit to play.
1. Crunch Time Moments
The Warriors’ failures, in general, have been well-documented throughout this season. The failures involving losing games in winning positions are especially noteworthy.
When wins come at a premium, you can’t settle for moral victories but the ones that count for season standings.
As great as Steve Kerr is as a coach, perhaps a different voice in Curry’s can help that mentality so that the Warriors can close games out when they find themselves in tight scenarios.
2. Playing More “Steph-like”
When you think of Stephen Curry playing his best basketball, you think of him not only scoring from a variety of areas and methods but also making plays for others.
Not everyone on the Golden State Warriors has the three-point range that Curry has, but many of them have the ability to score consistently if they play to their strengths and for each other.
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We know D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Poole can shoot, we know Eric Paschall can finish, and Glenn Robinson III can do both, so maybe Stephen Curry can find ways to help these new key players increase their effectiveness.
3.Fighting for Their Future
Players like Jordan Poole, Glenn Robinson III, Ky Bowman, and to a lesser extent Jacob Evans are benefitting from the minutes Stephen Curry (and Klay Thompson) have left available due to their long-term injuries.
If they want to still have a significant role when Stephen Curry returns at some point, they have to prove it.
Curry is a team player and is likely happy to motivate these players, but they have their fate in their own hands to leave a lasting impression on Steve Kerr.
Curry’s presence will be motivation itself to push these players to leave it all out on the court.